Opening AutoCAD DWG file gives “Drawing File was created by an incompatible version” message

If you are trying to open a DWG file with AutoCAD and you get the message “Drawing File was created by an incompatible version” it’s because somewhere along the line your AutoCAD DWG files were saved with a newer version of AutoCAD.

All is not lost, you can make them open again in your version of AutoCAD, you just need to download the free DWGTrueView App from Autodesk – http://www.autodesk.com/products/dwg/viewers

Once installed, start DWGTrueview and open the DWG file in question, then save as making sure to select the lowest DWG file version that matches your version of AutoCAD.

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Authorization/Activation problems with AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD 2007

After you activate and then restart your Autodesk 2006 or 2007 product, you receive error 0.1.0011 or 11.1.6011 and are required to reactivate.

This problem can occur for Autodesk’s 2006/2007-based products on computers with SATA Raid controllers.

Note: This update must be applied to all computers that share a license. Therefore, if you apply this update to one computer and then want to use the Portable License Utility to transfer the license to another computer, be sure to install the update on that computer, too.

If this update is applied to a computer that does not have a SATA Raid controller, the license on that computer will be broken. You will need to reactivate the product to repair the license.

Affected Products

  • AutoCAD 2006/2007
  • AutoCAD Electrical 2006/2007
  • AutoCAD LT 2006/2007
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2006/2007
  • Autodesk 3ds Max 8/9
  • Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2006/2007
  • Autodesk Building Systems 2006/2007
  • Autodesk Civil 3D 2006/2007
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 10/11
  • Autodesk Inventor Series 10/11
  • Autodesk Land Desktop 2006/2007
  • Autodesk Map 3D 2006/2007
  • Autodesk Raster Design 2006/2007
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Revit Series 8.0 / Autodesk Revit Building 8.0
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Revit Series 8.1 / Autodesk Revit Building 8.1
  • Autodesk Revit Structure 1.0
  • Autodesk Survey 2006/2007
  • Autodesk Utility Design 2006/2007
  • Autodesk Viz 2006/2007

Installation Instructions

Autodesk 2006 products

  1. Close all applications and log in as Administrator.
  2. Download the AdskBindHotfix.zip file to a location on your local computer.
  3. On your local computer, unzip the AdskBindHotfix.zip and double-click the AdskBindHotfix.exe inside.

    A message will indicate when your product(s) have been successfully updated.

Autodesk 2007 products

  1. Close all applications and log in as Administrator.
  2. Download the BindHotfix_2007.zip file to a location on your local computer.
  3. On your local computer, unzip the BindHotfix_2007.zip and double click both of the .reg files within.
    1. Click Yes when prompted, “Are you sure you want to add this information…” for both .reg files.

 

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Installing AutoCAD Mechanical 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Installing AutoCAD Mechanical (MDT) 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

NOTE: These steps do not bypass normal Autodesk licensing/authorization, you should expect to use your own serial numbers in the normal way.

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire MDT 2006 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\mdt2006 
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver“, pick the c:\Autodesk\mdt2006 folder, and click Run. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  4. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, except when you get to the installation folder, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\mdt2006 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Mechanical 2006 as usually prompted by default)**
  5. Once installed, go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver“, pick the newly installed c:\mdt2006 folder and click Fix.
  6. Now you can happily run your MDT 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Installing the MDT 2006 Service Pack 2

  1. Click one of these to download the MDT 2006 sp2 (you will either have a locked or unlocked version labeled on your original CD)
    1. Download the unlocked MDT 2006 sp2 (Acm2006_unl_SP2.exe)
    2. Download the locked MDT 2006 sp2 (Acm2006_swl_SP2.exe)
  2. Now Copy the *SP2.exe to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder and click Fix.
  4. Now run the *SP2.exe from Windows explorer to install.

Troubleshooting:

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation crashes:

– If you have crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialogs inside of AutoCAD please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in AutoCAD

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Upgrading your working AutoCAD to a new Microsoft Windows version (like Windows 10)

Here are some useful notes on what to do with your AutoCAD when upgrading your Windows version, including upgrading from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 to Windows 10…

Windows XP and Windows Vista AutoCAD users upgrading to Windows 10

For those of you who are still running AutoCAD on Windows XP and want to upgrade to Windows 10, you will need to first install Windows 10, then you need the Longbow Converter tool to install your AutoCAD – click on the version of AutoCAD you have (it explains all that you need to do) : AutoCAD R14 AutoCAD 2000 AutoCAD 2000i AutoCAD 2002 AutoCAD 2004 AutoCAD 2005 AutoCAD 2006 AutoCAD 2007 AutoCAD 2008 32bit AutoCAD 2009 32bit AutoCAD 2010 32bit AutoCAD 2011 32bit AutoCAD 2012 32bit AutoCAD 2013 32bit AutoCAD 2014 32bit

If you can’t find your version listed, use the “Search” at the top left of this page

Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 AutoCAD users upgrading to Windows 10

If you have an existing working installation of AutoCAD running on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and are thinking about upgrading your currently Windows version to a newer Windows version – I have some advise for you: be cautious! You see, with every new version of Windows (and its updates) comes a new set of compatibility issues, registry changes, file system security updates, internet browser updates, etc which if you blindly upgrade will most likely render your working AutoCAD useless.

With that said, it is totally possible to upgrade to the newest version of Windows and bring your old AutoCAD with you (that’s the point of our Longbow Converter solution) just be sure to do of a couple of things…

  1. First, *you must* have the latest version of the Longbow Converter (see below); we are constantly updating this solution to solve the ever changing world of Windows and their security updates.
  2. Second, find your particular Windows upgrade scenario below and follow the instructions ***precisely*** as documented!.
All AutoCAD users running Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 upgrading to Windows 10

Our Longbow Converter tool fully supports Windows 10. We specifically tested the Windows 10 64bit Enterprise and Windows 10 32bit Education versions with a combination of around 850 different install combinations.

Here’s what you need to do in order to upgrade to Windows 10:

  1. Finally, reinstall your AutoCAD as you did previously using the instructions on this blog (if your specific instructions are missing or not up to date with Windows 10, please let us know by clicking on this link and we’ll get it written up for you)
  2. Obtain the latest Longbow Converter supporting Windows 10 here
  3. Upgrade to Windows 10
  4. Make sure you uninstall any previously installed Longbow Converter versions.
  5. Make sure you uninstall all AutoCAD products before doing the upgrade to Windows 10, you *must* do this otherwise your AutoCAD may never startup again and you will have to wipe your computer to fix it.
  6. What happens if you already upgraded to Windows 10 with your existing AutoCAD installation – most likely your AutoCAD will not run, nor will you be able to repair it. The best thing to get your AutoCAD running again is to carry out a Windows Reset.
32bit AutoCAD users of versions 2002 thru 2013 and running or Windows 7 upgrading to Windows 8.1

If you have a working Windows 7 machine and you are thinking to upgrade to Windows 8.1 best just stay where you are. Better to upgrade to Windows 10, aside from being a free upgrade, it seems to be a much better platform too.

With that said, if you must upgrade your working Windows 7 system to Windows 8.1, then it is of course possible using our Longbow Converter tool – you ***must*** first uninstall all AutoCAD products before doing the upgrade. Once Windows 8.1 has been installed, just use the Longbow Converter to re-install your 32bit AutoCAD software as before.

  • What happens if you already upgraded to Windows 8.1 with your existing AutoCAD installation – most likely your AutoCAD will not run, nor will you be able to repair it. The best thing to get your AutoCAD running again is to carry out a Windows Reset.
64bit AutoCAD users of versions 2008 thru 2013 upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 

If you have a working Windows 7 machine and you are thinking to upgrade to Windows 8.1 best just stay where you are. Better to upgrade to Windows 10, aside from being a free upgrade, it seems to be a much better platform too.

With that said, if you must upgrade your working Windows 7 system to Windows 8.1, then it is of course possible using our Longbow Converter tool – you ***must*** first uninstall all AutoCAD products before doing the upgrade. Once Windows 8.1 has been installed, install your 64bit AutoCAD products as normal then use the Longbow Converter to fix all 64bit AutoCAD 2008 thru 2013 Windows 8 issues

Clean install of Windows 8.1 – installing AutoCAD 32bit 

If you are doing a clean install of Windows 8.1, once Windows 8.1 has been installed, simply use the Longbow Converter to re-install your 32bit AutoCAD software as required.

Clean install of Windows 8.1 – installing AutoCAD 64bit 

If you are doing a clean install of Windows 8.1, once Windows 8 has been installed, install your 64bit AutoCAD products as normal then use the Longbow Converter to fix all 64bit AutoCAD 2008 thru 2013 Windows 8 issues

  • What happens if you already upgraded to Windows 10 with your existing AutoCAD installation – most likely your AutoCAD will not run, nor will you be able to repair it. The best thing to get your AutoCAD running again is to carry out a Windows Reset.

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Installing AutoCAD Architecture 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Installing AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 2006 (ADT 2006) on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

NOTE: These steps do not bypass normal Autodesk licensing/authorization, you should expect to use your own serial numbers in the normal way.

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Copy your AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 2006 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\adt2006
    1. If you have more CD’s, copy them all directly over the top of Disk 1, basically, overwrite all files in your previously copied c:\Autodesk\adt2006 folder
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\adt2006 folder, and click Run. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  4. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you click the Install link from your setup you may see a dialog box appear saying – “This program has compatibility issues” – simply check the “Don’t show this message again” and then click the “Run the program without getting help”.
    2. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\adt2006 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 2006)**.
  1. Once installed, make sure you fully close the AutoCAD Architectural Desktop setup program (because the Converter is waiting for the setup program to close) then go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed c:\adt2006 folder and click Fix.
  2. Next, run your AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 2006
    1. NOTE: If you see a warning dialog when you run saying “This program has known compatibility issues”, simply click “Don’t show this message again” and then click “Run the Program without getting help
  3. You can now happily run your AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Installing AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 2006 Service Pack 1

  1. English Users, Download your English AutoCAD 2006 sp1 from here
    1. Non-English users, Download your language specific AutoCAD 2006 sp1 from here
  2. Now copy your newly downloaded sp (for English users the filename is adt2006swlsp1enu.exe) to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder and click Fix.
  4. Now run the adt2006swlsp1enu.exe from Windows explorer to install as normal.

Troubleshooting:

– If your ADT menuing system does not appear correctly for some reason, start AutoCAD, type CUILOAD at the command line, pick Browse and navigate to %APPDATA%\Autodesk\ADT 2006\enu\Support, pick the adt.cui file, then click Load

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:

– If you have crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialogs inside of AutoCAD please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in AutoCAD

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Installing AutoCAD 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Installing AutoCAD 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

NOTE: These steps do not bypass normal Autodesk licensing/authorization, you should expect to use your own serial numbers in the normal way.

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Make a backup of your AutoCAD 2006 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\acad2006
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    2. pick the c:\Autodesk\acad2006 folder
    3. click “Run Old Installer
      1. Once the process has finished, make sure you read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK.
      2. Now the setup should start, before continuing, stop and read the next step…
  4. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you click the Install link from your setup you may see a dialog box appear saying – “This program has compatibility issues” – simply check the “Don’t show this message again” and then click the “Run the program without getting help”.
    2. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acad2006 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD 2006)**.
  1. Once installed, make sure you fully close the AutoCAD setup program (because the Converter is waiting for the setup program to close) then go back to the Converter tool
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. pick the newly installed c:\acad2006 folder
    3. then click “Fix Old Program“.
  2. At this point, you should be able to happily run your AutoCAD 2006 on Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10 both 32bit and 64bit but if you still have problems, we recommend that you install the Service Packs as described just below.

Installing AutoCAD 2006 Service Pack 1

  1. English Users, Download your English AutoCAD 2006 sp1 from here
    1. Non-English users, Download your language specific AutoCAD 2006 sp1 from here
  2. Now copy your newly downloaded sp (for English users the filename is AutoCAD2006SP1.exe) to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder and click Fix.
  4. Now run the AutoCAD2006SP1.exe from Windows explorer to install.
  5. Once completed, now run your AutoCAD!

Troubleshooting:

– If you see a warning dialog when you run AutoCAD saying “This program has known compatibility issues”, simply click “Don’t show this message again” and then click “Run the Program…

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:

– If you have crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialogs inside of AutoCAD please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in AutoCAD

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Installing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Installing Civil3d 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

NOTE: These steps do not bypass normal Autodesk licensing/authorization, you should expect to use your own serial numbers in the normal way.

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire Civil3d 2006 CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\civil3d2006 
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool, select the 2nd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\civil3d2006 folder, and click Run. Read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK. Once the setup starts, stop and read the next step…
  4. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, except when you get to the installation folder, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\civil3d2006 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD Civil3d 2006 as usually prompted by default)**
  5. Once installed, go back to the Converter tool, select the 3rd tab, pick the newly installed c:\civil3d2006 folder and click Fix.
  6. Now you can happily run your Civil3d 2006 on Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Installing the Civil3d 2006 Service Pack 2

  1. For English users, click to Download the Civil3d 2006 sp2 (C3D2006_SP2.exe)
  2. For non-English click to select Civil3d 2006 sp2 language
  3. Now Copy the C3D2006_SP2.exe to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  4. Start the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder and click Fix.
  5. Now run the C3D2006_SP2.exe from Windows explorer to install.

Troubleshooting:

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation crashes:

– If you have crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialogs inside of AutoCAD please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in AutoCAD

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AutoCAD “There was a problem sending the command to the program”

If you are seeing the message “There was a problem sending the command to the program” when you double click a DWG file from Windows Explorer, then the solution is to follow the instructions listed for your AutoCAD version below:

If you do not see your version of AutoCAD listed, or you are not an AutoCAD user, leave me a comment below and I’ll check it out for you.

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Verifying License… AutoCAD not responding… Crash!

Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users (32bit and 64bit) – If you are encountering Autodesk licensing issues such as blank Authorization code (authcode) screens or even crashing on startup with messages like “Verifying license…” then “AutoCAD has stopped responding” when launching AutoCAD, it could be caused by:

  1. The July 2014 Windows Security Update KB2962872
    1. these KB’s may also affect your system too – KB2943357, KB2977629 and KB2976627
  2. You are using a version of Microsoft Internet Explorer which is not compatible with your version of AutoCAD
    1. Try simply installing the latest version of Internet Explorer 11 from here – EIE11_EN-US_MCM_WIN764.EXE

NOTE: If you are primarily seeing script errors, then first check out how to enable scripting support in IE 11

Here is a list of AutoCAD versions (and other similarly labeled Autodesk products too) that most likely will be affected…

  • AutoCAD 2005
  • AutoCAD 2006
  • AutoCAD 2007
  • AutoCAD 2008
  • AutoCAD 2009
  • AutoCAD 2010
  • AutoCAD 2011
  • AutoCAD 2012
  • AutoCAD 2013
  • AutoCAD 2014

Windows Security Update KB2962872

This update can causes all Autodesk products to crash on licensing verification specifically when using these newer versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer 11

You can very easily uninstall KB2962872 using these short steps:

  1. Open your Windows Control Panel
  2. Navigate to Programs
  3. Click View Updates
  4. Now search for KB2962872, if KB2962872 is listed there, simply select it in the listbox and then click uninstall
  5. Let your machine take a while to think, now reboot.
  6. Now try your Autodesk product again.

If the KB2962872 doesn’t solve the problem, these KB’s may also affect your system – KB2943357, KB2977629 and KB2976627

Apparently, this is no longer relevant –  Another reason is that because you have Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 installed on your system. The solution is to rollback to Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, or maybe back as far as Internet Explorer 8

Failing that, I did find this link on the Autodesk website regarding ‘Script Errors in AutoCAD activation‘ – perhaps it helps  somehow. If that fails, and you haven’t yet tried it – Try simply installing the latest version of Internet Explorer 11 from here – EIE11_EN-US_MCM_WIN764.EXE

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Installing AutoCAD 2006 LT on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Installing AutoCAD 2006 LT on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit or 64bit can be very easily defined in these short steps…

NOTE: These steps do not bypass normal Autodesk licensing/authorization, you should expect to use your own serial numbers in the normal way.

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Converter here
  2. Copy your AutoCAD 2006 LT CD to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\Autodesk\acadlt2006
  3. Start the Longbow Converter tool
    1. select the 2nd tab named “Old AutoCAD Installer Reviver
    2. pick the c:\Autodesk\acadlt2006 folder
    3. click “Run Old Installer
      1. Once the process has finished, make sure you read and understand all the prompts before pressing OK.
      2. Now the setup should start, before continuing, stop and read the next step…
  4. In the setup program, navigate through each setup dialog as normal, with these exceptions…
    1. When you click the Install link from your setup you may see a dialog box appear saying – “This program has compatibility issues” – simply check the “Don’t show this message again” and then click the “Run the program without getting help“.
    2. When you arrive at the installation folder path setup dialog, **it’s vitally important to make sure you install to c:\acadlt2006 (not Program Files (x86)\AutoCAD 2006 LT)**.
  5. Once installed, make sure you fully close the AutoCAD setup program (because the Converter is waiting for the setup program to close) then go back to the Converter tool
    1. select the 3rd tab named “Old AutoCAD Program Reviver
    2. pick the newly installed c:\acadlt2006 folder
    3. then click “Fix Old Program“.
  6. At this point, you should be able to happily run your AutoCAD 2006 on Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10 both 32bit and 64bit but if you still have problems, we recommend that you install the Service Packs as described just below.

Installing AutoCAD LT 2006 Service Pack 1

  1. English Users, Download your English AutoCAD LT 2006 sp1 from here
    1. Non-English users, Download your language specific AutoCAD 2006 sp1 from here
  2. Now copy your newly downloaded sp (for English users the filename is AutoCADLT2006lockedSP1.exe) to folder path c:\Autodesk\sp
  3. Start the Converter, select the 3rd tab, pick the c:\Autodesk\sp folder and click Fix.
  4. Now run the AutoCADLT2006lockedSP1.exe from Windows explorer to install.
  5. Once completed, now run your AutoCAD!

Troubleshooting:

– If you see a warning dialog when you run AutoCAD saying “This program has known compatibility issues”, simply click “Don’t show this message again” and then click “Run the Program…

– If you are unable to activate your product, or the activation process crashes:

– If you have crashing problems using the File->Open or File->Save dialogs inside of AutoCAD please read this blog entry on the File->Open or File->Save Crash in AutoCAD

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